Learn more about the causes of rollover vehicle accidents and your potential risk of being involved in one.

What are the causes of rollover accidents?



Aftermath of rollover crashRollovers occur when external forces cause a vehicle to lose balance and tip. The weight of the vehicle takes over and pulls the car on its side. However, additional forces from a collision can exert enough strength to push the vehicle on its side, upside down, and then back upright. Depending on the force and terrain, this roll can continue for several revolutions, before its momentum decreases enough to come to a stop.

Causes of Rollover Crashes

Common reasons for a car or truck to tip include when the vehicle:

  • Strikes an obstacle. When a moving vehicle strikes a stationary object, the force can be enough to overturn or tilt the vehicle enough to roll.
  • Swerves. When a car’s center of gravity becomes imbalanced, it can tip. Swerving or traveling too fast around a curve can easily pitch the center of gravity to one side. This shift will increase your chance for a rollover.
  • Collides with another vehicle. When a car is hit from the side or at an angle, the imbalance of force and shift in the center of gravity can cause the impacted vehicle to flip over. The risk increases on rural roads where there are open spaces and no medians or barriers to support the car to keep it from tipping.

Risks of Multiple Impacts

In addition to the obvious impact damage to your vehicle, rollovers can cause severe injuries to those trapped inside the vehicle. Although these types of accidents account for only three percent of reported traffic incidents, they’re one of the most damaging accidents in which a driver can be involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, injuries caused by rollover accidents contribute to twenty percent of traffic fatalities.

In a straightforward collision, a vehicle and its passenger generally endure the force of one or two impacts. However, in a rollover your vehicle will slam into the ground several times. In fact, depending on the number of revolutions, you’ll be lucky if you only feel two impacts. Some rollovers involve several revolutions, with each revolution impacting the ground multiple times. Each time the vehicle impacts the ground, the risk of serious injury increases. In addition to whiplash and neck injuries, the force of the impact can:

  • Throw passengers around
  • Cause debris to roll around in the vehicle
  • Damage internal vehicle parts, like gas and oil lines, increasing the risk for a fire

What You Can Do

For more information on rollover risks and what you can do to protect your family, feel free to browse our extensive library of articles and resources. For more specific information, contact our office today to speak with attorney Andrew Kim about your rights and legal options. With over 20 years of experience helping car accident victims get back on their feet, he is anxious to help you do the same. Call 800.636.3676 today.